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Temporary Lecturer Position in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis

August 20, 2018

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in our department should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department.

Materials science and engineering tenure-track position in materials thermodynamics

August 20, 2018

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of materials thermodynamics. The successful candidate is a broad-based materials scientist who uses experimental thermodynamics to study modern fundamental questions in solids as well as the interfaces between solids and liquids or gases. This individual will integrate multiple approaches, including calorimetry, theoretical methods, and computational methods.

Roopali Kukreja Reveals Two-Step Process in Magnetite’s Metal-Insulator Transition

November 15, 2018

A team of UC Davis researchers led by Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja recently published their findings that magnetite’s transition between metal and insulator is a two-step process, instead of a one-step process like previously thought.

 

Magnetite is a unique material in that depending on temperature, it can either be a metal, which conducts electricity well, or an insulator, which does not. Kukreja’s team investigated this transition, theorizing that it has to do with the arrangement of the material’s electrons, and found this two-step process.

Ph.D. Student Catherine Harvey receives Fulbright Fellowship

November 13, 2018

Catherine Harvey, a Ph.D. student of Professor Subhash Risbud, has received a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award for her project, “Multifunctional Therapeutic Bioactive Glass Scaffolds as an Alternative for Bone Regeneration.” She will conduct her research with Professor María Vallet-Regí in the Department of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid from September 2018-19.

New American Ceramic Society award named after Alexandra Navrotsky

October 15, 2018

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has established a new award named after Distinguished Professor Alexandra Navrotsky that recognizes innovation in experimental thermodynamics of solids.

The award, which will be given every other year, was established by a gift from Navrotsky herself to the society to recognize and promote exceptional thermodynamics research over a two-year period. Winners will receive a $5,000 prize and will present their research at the ACerS annual meeting.

Roopali Kukreja receives 2019 Air Force Young Investigator Research grant

October 15, 2018

Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja has received a 2019 Air Force Office of Science and Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research grant for her proposal, “Unraveling the Speed Limit of Magnetization Dynamics in Magnetic Heterostructures.”

Kukreja studies methods to manipulate magnetism in nanomaterials at femtosecond (1x10-15 second) timescales. She uses x-rays to better understand the fundamental mechanisms that enable her to control magnetism with optical lasers.

Student Spotlight: Jonathan Thomas

September 17, 2018

Jonathan Thomas is a passionate undergraduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). He works with carbon fiber composites in the ACERS laboratory on campus and is an active member of the Formula SAE car team at UC Davis. The department sat down with him to chat about his life and undergraduate career.

MSE: What activities (clubs, jobs, research, internship, etc.) have you been involved in during your time at UC Davis? 

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Hughes

August 27, 2018

Lauren Hughes graduated in 2018 with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. During her time at UC Davis, Lauren received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her graduate-level research work with electron microscopy. Below, Lauren reflects on her time in the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program and where she is headed next.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering: What was your favorite thing about Davis?

Student Spotlight: Tucker Murrey

August 27, 2018

Doctoral student Tucker Murrey earned his bachelor’s degree in Material Science and Engineering-Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering in fall 2014 from the University of Washington before joining UC Davis in 2015.

As a member of Professor Adam Moulé’s lab, Tucker works on two projects: characterizing the structural properties of semiconducting polymer thin films with elastic neuron scattering techniques and upscaling a novel photo-thermal patterning process for organic photovoltaic applications.

Student Spotlight: Amanda Dang and the unique research opportunities of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB)

August 08, 2018
Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) Program Celebrates 20 Years of Preparing Ph.D. Students like Amanda Dang

About 70 doctoral students from different departments — Integrative Genetics and Genomics, Food Science, Microbiology, Materials Science and Engineering — fill room 1022 in the UC Davis Life Sciences building for course MCB 294, “Current Progress in Biotechnology.”

Student Spotlight: Arseniy Bokov

August 02, 2018

Arseniy Bokov is an international doctoral student researching the design of nanocrystalline ceramic materials. Specifically, he is looking at how to improve their mechanical properties.

Student Spotlight: Christine Smudde

July 26, 2018

Christine Smudde is a Materials Science and Engineering graduate student at UC Davis. She conducts research in a material characterization lab with Professor Jeff Gibeling, where she analyzes fatigue, fracture and creep behavior in materials. She hopes to eventually collaborate with companies to find and supply materials to the growing materials industry.

UC Davis nanoceramics research featured on ACerS website

July 12, 2018

UC Davis materials science and engineering research was featured on the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) website in a recent article. The study, led by doctoral student Arseniy Bokov in Ricardo Castro’s Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Lab, looked at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline ceramics with the goal of improving toughness. The mechanical stability of these materials is important for the performance of battery electrodes and capacitors.

Alumni Spotlight: Jackson Hull

March 15, 2018

DAVIS, Calif.; March 15, 2018 – Jackson Hull (’00) was a double major in mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering at UC Davis, and also has a master’s degree in information systems from UC Berkeley. He and his wife Aurelia (’01, communications) live in the U.K. with their three young children and their dog, Paddington. They are also co-captains of a UC Davis Kiva Lending team that launched in September 2008.

New MSE Major Blog by Aditi Risbud Bartl

January 22, 2018

Hey MSE! If you’re wondering where you can find interesting real-life stories and career paths for MSE, visit the new MSE Major Blog by Aditi Risbud Bartl! The blog discusses various aspects of Materials Engineering, including major description, courses, and relevant fields after graduation. Check it out!

Julie Soderlind awarded the prestigious UC-National Lab In-Residence Fellowship

December 11, 2017

Julie Soderlind – a graduate student in Material Science and Engineering with Professor Subhash Risbud’s research group – was selected among a highly competitive pool of applicants as the inaugural recipient of the UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship. Julie will have the unique opportunity to conduct research and receive training on additive manufacturing in Yong Han’s group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her Ph.D. project is on Magnesium Alloy Scaffolds for Biomedical Implant Applications.

Ian Jacobs wins a Newton International Fellowship to study in Cambridge, England

November 14, 2017

Dr. Ian Jacobs graduated with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Moulé group with a thesis titled “Doping induced solubility control.” He was selected to win the prestigious Newton International Fellowship to continue his study of organic electronic materials in Cambridge, U.K. in the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus. The fellowship covers two years of postdoctoral study and includes supplies and travel expenses.

Subhash Mahajan receives the 2018 Acta Materialia Gold Medal

November 04, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Subhash Mahajan as the recipient of the 2018 Acta Materialia Gold Medal. This award recognizes demonstrated leadership in the field of Materials Science and Engineering and is intended to honor outstanding contributions to the field while also improving the awareness of the fundamental importance and diversity of materials research, both within the community and the public at large.

Congratulations, Dr. Mahajan!

Graduate Students awarded U.S. Department of Energy’s Science Graduate Student Research Award

August 13, 2017

Congratulations to materials science and engineering graduate student, Alex Kane, and chemical engineering graduate student, Jennifer Nill, who were both selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Science Graduate Student Research Award. Alex and Jennifer are among 52 SCGSR recipients who will conduct part of their doctoral dissertation research in one the DOE’s 12 national laboratories.